Seattle Hill Road

April 2018 Update

​The third and final full closure on Seattle Hill Rd has been scheduled. Seattle Hill Rd will be closed from 132nd St SE to north of 136th St SE. The closure begins at 10 a.m. on Friday, April 20 and will re-open by 4:30 a.m. on Monday, April 23. The intersection at Seattle Hill Rd and 136th St SE will remain open to traffic approaching from the south. 

Residents whose only access to their property is through this section will be allowed through the closed segment of Seattle Hill Rd. Access through the closure will only be available via the north end of Seattle Hill Rd. Residents who can access their homes via alternate routes, will be required to do so. A detour route for the closure will be via 132nd St SE and 35th Ave SE.

Construction Schedule

​Construction of the new roadway requires three full closures of Seattle Hill Road to allow the contractor to re-build specific segments of the road and bring them up to current standards. Public Works has tentatively scheduled the first two closures to occur in the summer of 2017. 

  • Closure A: Friday, June 23, 2017 at 10 a.m. through Monday, June 26, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.
  • Closure B: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 6 a.m. through Friday, August 18, 2017 at 10 p.m. View detour map here.
  • Closure C: Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10 a.m. through Monday, April 23, 2018 at 4:30 a.m.
Local traffic along Seattle Hill Rd will be allowed through the closed segments to intersecting streets or neighborhoods that have no alternative access. Residents who can access their homes via alternate routes, will be required to do so. A detour route for the closures will be via 132nd St SE and 35th Ave SE. 

Dates for the full road closures are weather dependent.


Snohomish County plans to improve Seattle Hill Rd between 132nd St SE and 35th Ave SE.

Project details include:
  • Widen the road to three lanes including a center turn lane 
  • Add bike lanes, curbs and sidewalks 

Project Schedule

  • 2017 – Roadway construction began on April 10, 2017 at the south end of the project. The work is scheduled to continue through the summer of 2018.
  • 2016 to 2017 – Puget Sound Energy (PSE), Silver Lake Water District, BP, and Snohomish PUD scheduled to move necessary utilities to accommodate widening of the road.
  • 2013 – Environmental review 
  • Feb. 28, 2013 – Public open house at Mill Creek Elementary

Traffic Impact

  • Intermittent single-lane closures will occur throughout construction with flaggers directing traffic. 
  • Commuters traveling through the area should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. 
  • Two three-day full-road closures will be required in the summer.
  • One additional week-long full-road closure will also occur.
  • Detour signs will be used to notify corridor users when the closures will be in affect and the detour routes.


The construction cost for this project is approximately $8 million. Approximately 44 percent of the construction cost is from Federal Surface Transportation funding, distributed by the Puget Sound Regional Council. An additional 44 percent is funded by the Washington State Transportation Improvement Board. The remaining construction funding is provided by the city of Mill Creek and Snohomish County.

Such funding speaks to the significance the project will have on the improvement of vehicular and pedestrian safety and congestion in the area.

Environmental Review

An environmental review of this project was completed in compliance with the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). The SEPA documents can be reviewed below. The comment period for this project closed on April 7, 2013. If you have questions please contact Mary Auld at 425-262-2460, via email, or by mail: Mary Auld, Snohomish County Public Works, 3000 Rockefeller M/S 607, Everett, WA 98201

Environmental Documents
The process for developing road projects take several years; many factors must be considered. These factors include:
  • Accident history
  • Critical area regulations (CAR)
  • Design standards
  • Information that residents provide about the area
  • Location of homes and public right-of-way
  • Location of utilities
  • Sight distance
  • Soil compaction
  • Terrain
  • Traffic volumes
  • Wetlands, stormwater runoff, drainage, and water quality


Public Meeting

Snohomish County Public Works held a public meeting on February 23, 2017 to discuss three projects in this area. The projects were Seattle Hill Rd, 35th Ave SE, and 156th St SE. Staff was available to answer questions about the construction on Seattle Hill Rd, review proposed road improvements to the section of 35th Ave SE, and gather feedback on potential designs for the 156th St SE project.

Other Projects in the Area

In addition to the Seattle Hill Road project, the county is working on improvements to other nearby corridors including: